In order to address and mainstream key urban sustainability issues, a series of Regional Policy Dialogues on “Making Liveable Cities” was announced by TERI at the World Sustainable Development Summit in February, 2018. These Half-Day Policy Dialogues, one in each geographical region of the country, are being conducted together with the Royal Embassy of Denmark in India and the networks of the International Urban Cooperation/Global Compact of Mayors, South Asia.
As part of this series, the Regional Policy Dialogue for the Eastern & Northeastern Region is being jointly hosted with the State Government of Sikkim. The Regional Dialogue in Gangtok will cover the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, along with Sikkim to address the theme of ‘Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change for Liveable Cities’. The half-day event aims to bring together multiple stakeholders ranging from Municipal Commissioners/Smart City SPV CEOs to civil society organizations to highlight key aspects for enhancing liveability in India and discussing smart urban solutions to achieve the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The dialogue will address issues such as resource-use efficiency, waste minimization and resilient infrastructure in the existing urban development priorities, policies and programmes. The dialogue will further focus on strengthening partnerships and collaborations between stakeholders for holistic urban planning of Indian cities. The challenges and enablers for successful implementation of the current urban schemes of Government of India will also be discussed. Another key objective is to discuss implementation mechanisms and urban governance processes for enhancing liveability of cities in India.
The series will conclude with a National Workshop on 25th October, 2018 in New Delhi and release of a Policy Brief documenting the key outcomes and recommendations from the Regional Dialogues. The Policy Brief will be shared with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, and various states across the country.
Time: 10:30 AM – 02:00 PM